At 11:12 p.m. According to a report from the Iowa State Patrol, four young people were riding in a car on Friday in Marshalltown when it collided with a utility pole and caught fire. According to the report, all four passed away. The state patrol stated that they were looking into what caused the crash.
There were four juveniles in the automobile. Adrian Lara, 13, Isaac Lara, 16, Linette Lopez, 15, and Yanitza Lopez, 17, were the victims. The Marshalltown Chief of Police, Michael Tupper, said, “Our hearts go out to the Lara and Lopez families. This is a tragedy for our whole community. We know the community will stand together in support of everyone involved.”
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The kids all went to Marshalltown schools. According to a statement from the district, “the kids lost include three Marshalltown High School students and one Miller Middle School student.” According to the district, Adrian and Isacc Lara and Linette and Yanitza Lopez were siblings. “The families, friends, and the whole school community are in our thoughts and prayers,” the school community said.
The district announced that it would provide family, friends, and students with mental health help on Sunday and throughout the week. On Saturday morning, two GoFundMe accounts were created to collect money for the families. By Sunday morning, the Lopez family’s GoFundMe had raised $24,000, and the Lara family’s had raised almost $21,000.
At a candlelight vigil on Saturday night in Marshalltown at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Father Alan Dietzenbach declared: “What happened last night was an accident. Nobody is at fault for this terrible accident. Instead of pointing fingers, we should spend our time in prayer for the families of Lopez and Lara. According to the Marshalltown Times-Republican, “For us, for their siblings, for their families, and for our Marshalltown community.”
Amy Finnell, 56, of Chariton, was killed in a head-on collision with another vehicle in Lucas County on Friday evening, according to a separate report from the state patrol. According to the report, the driver of the second vehicle received minor medical attention.